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Non-Plastic Surgeons Doing the Work of Plastic Surgeons: A Growing Problem

Non-Plastic Surgeons Doing the Work of Plastic Surgeons: A Growing Problem

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with surgeries like breast augmentation and facelifts becoming more common than ever. As positive as it is that more patients in Wichita, KS, as well as in other cities across the nation, are taking steps to get the appearance they want, the downside is that they’re not all going about it the right way. That’s because there’s an alarming trend of non-plastic surgeons performing plastic surgery, a job that should be left to the medical professionals who specialize in this field. Take a look at why this trend has come up and why it’s so dangerous for it to continue.

Why Do Some Patients Go to Non-Plastic Surgeons for Procedures?

Demand for plastic surgery has increased, and people who are not plastic surgeons have taken note and decided to take advantage of this. They see how much money patients are willing to spend to get the look they want — whether they’re hoping for a nose job or breast implants — and they’re offering it for a lower price that undercuts the price that reputable plastic surgeons charge.

Of course, experienced plastic surgeons charge the amount they need to in order to pay for clean, quality equipment and supplies, and to hire the right staff and ensure they have hospital privileges for plastic surgery. On the other hand, many non-plastic surgeons don’t pay for these essentials, allowing them to offer lower prices that entice patients. But the results those patients get are not typically what they had in mind.

Why Is This Trend So Risky?

As you can see, medical professionals who are not trained in plastic surgery may be more likely to cut corners, such as by not having hospital privileges or the proper equipment and staff for the surgery they perform. This often results in a higher chance of patients getting an infection from the surgery, and since the doctor doesn’t have access to local hospitals, those patients don’t have access to the emergency care they need. By contrast, experienced plastic surgeons in Wichita and throughout the country have performed enough surgeries to know how to greatly reduce the risk of infection, and they have fast access to hospitals in case the worst occurs.

Even patients who get through plastic surgery without any medical issues might not get the outcome they want. In fact, when you have gynecologists offering vaginal rejuvenation, or ER doctors performing breast reconstruction, it should come as no surprise that the results aren’t typically impressive. These doctors are not specialized in the plastic surgeries they’re performing. They haven’t performed these surgeries thousands of times like plastic surgeons have, and they’re certainly not board-certified. This means patients often have to go to actual plastic surgeons to get their surgery revised after inexperienced doctors have made mistakes during the procedure. Of course, this means they have to pay for the procedure twice and go through the recovery period again.

Legally, any licensed physician may call themselves a “Cosmetic Surgeon”, regardless of training. This often results in a higher chance of patients experiencing poor results and post-operative complications such as infection, hematomas and other serious health complications. These doctors are not specialized in the plastic surgeries they are performing. The American Board of Plastic Surgeons has a vigorous qualification and examination and recertification process that ensures your plastic surgeon is qualified and an expert in their field. Board Certified plastic surgeons have three additional years of plastic surgery education, training and surgical experience in all plastic and cosmetic procedures.

Clearly, it’s important that you go to an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon if you want the best chance of getting the results you desire. Having the surgery done the right way the first time will save you money and reduce your risk of complications from the procedure.

So if you’re looking for a Wichita plastic surgeon to help you get the look you’ve always wanted, call Stacy L. Peterson, M.D., today to set up a consultation. Dr. Peterson is a caring Wichita plastic surgeon who has over 25 years of experience and would love to help you get the look you want.